Sunday Sneak Peek – May 21, 2023

Join us for the Ascension of our Lord and the Seventh Sunday of Easter at 915am (in-person and live stream when available)


S4K-color-horiz400“Jesus prays for his disciples”

Thank you for worshiping online with us.  We are so glad that you are spending part of your day with us!

Order of Service

Worship Service Participants

  • Rev. Scott Siefert
  • Organist: Penny Rolf
  • Choir: YOU!

Ringing of the Church Bell



Rev Scott: Jesus said: I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me, and I in that person, will bear much fruit. This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.

Call to Worship 

One: We are gathered in the presence of the risen Christ, who remains with us for ever.

All: When we abide in the love of Christ, love, joy, and peace grow.

One: We are rooted in Christ’s love that we may bear these fruits together with all God’s people.

All: With the faithful of every race, tribe, people, and nation we sing: Blessing, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, and might be to God for ever and ever. AMEN. 

*Opening Hymn: “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” (The Hymnal #167)

Prayer of Invocation 

One: Holy God, the earth is full of your glory, and so we worship you. Our hearts are on fire with the awareness that Christ is with us, and so we thank you. Our fears have been calmed in the bright light of the Resurrection Day, and so we praise you and worship you. 

All: Let us abide for ever in the assurance of your love; through the grace of Jesus Christ. AMEN. 

Prayer of Confession

Rev Scott: With all the signs of new life in Christ around us, we still cling to our old ways. Let us confess to God and to one another. When we do not accept as our sisters and brothers in Christ those who are different from us, forgive us O God. When we oppose you by opposing those who disrupt our routines and challenge our assumptions, forgive us O God. 

All: God, in your mercy, restore us to newness of life. Bind together your church universal through the coming of the Holy Spirit. Empower us to witness your courage to the presence of Jesus Christ among us. AMEN.

–Time of Silent Confession-

Assurance of Grace

Rev Scott: Take heart: God’s Spirit empowers us to move from the ways of death to the ways of new life. We are forgiven. Let us forgive one another in the joyful community of the risen Christ. 

All: Thanks be to God!

Scripture Readings

Acts 1:1-14 and John 17:1-11

Pastoral Meditation

Hymn of Response: “Hail the Day That Sees Christ Rise” (New Century Hymnal #260)

Prayers and Concerns

Joys – Concerns – Blessings 

Please share any special concerns, joys, and blessings.

Silent Prayer – Pastoral Prayer – Lord’s Prayer 

ALL: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy Kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  AMEN.

Collection and Presentation of the Offering

Invitation to the Offering

Rev Scott: From the beginning of creation, God has freely given. We give, not as solitary givers, but in solidarity with all creation.

*Hymn: “Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow” (The Hymnal #551)

*Prayer of Dedication

All: May these gifts be used to build the Beloved Community through our unity, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and in the name of Jesus Christ, our Messiah. AMEN.

Closing and Blessing

*Closing Hymn: “Go My Children, with My Blessing” (New Century Hymnal #82)

Benediction and Blessing

Ringing of the Church Bell

Upcoming Events & Announcements

  • Thursdays – Bible Fellowship – 6pm – Fellowship Hall and ZOOM
  • TODAY- Worship & Gather Team meeting following worship
  • TODAY – Blues Festival – 12-4pm – First Congo in Glencoe  
  • May 28th – Pentecost “Wear Red” with Coffee & Fellowship hosted by Pastor Scott – NO LIVESTREAM
  • May 29th – Memorial Day Cemetery service – 830am
  • Jun 4th – Consistory Team meeting following Worship
  • Jun 7th – Bongards Farmers Market Opening Day – 3pm to 6pm
  • Jun 9th-10th – MN UCC Conference – Delegates wanted!
  • Jun 12th – Women’s Guild Meeting – 6pm – Fellowship Hall

Fruit of the Spirit.   May focuses on Christian Education and Literary with donations to benefit St. John’s Summer Literacy Library at the Farmers Market.  A special collection vessel is at the entrance of the sanctuary.  

God uses everyone’s talents.  Check out the most current Team Up flier for ways to share your time and talents to inspire and uplift our community. 

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Live Streaming.  We want to train others on live-streaming and recording services.  If you can make a post on Facebook from your computer, you can do this.  Contact Michelle Bachmann if you’re interested.

Looking for a church community?  If you have been led to St. John’s looking to be more than a visitor, we welcome you openly and would love an opportunity to chat.  Contact Pastor Scott at 804-350-0826 or email

The Word To Go:  Find Sunday morning worship services on our Facebook Page, St. John’s UCC of BongardsWorship will also be live-streamed on Facebook, when available.

Bongards Buzz:  Submit items for the newsletter by the 1st of each month to Michelle Bachmann or Catch up online with the Buzz here.

For Pastoral Care.  Please contact Pastor Scott at 804-350-0826 or email  


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